The Pentagon Spent $84 Million On Erectile Dysfunction Medication In 2014

Last week, the Washington Free Beacon revealed that the Department of Defense spent roughly $500,000 on Viagra last year, but … Continued

Last week, the Washington Free Beacon revealed that the Department of Defense spent roughly $500,000 on Viagra last year, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. In total, the government spent roughly $84 million dollars on erectile dysfunction medication in 2014, totalling nearly $294 million since 2011, which as reported by the Military Times, is the equivalent of four F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.

Less than 10% of the prescriptions were for active-duty personnel, with the majority of the funding — and little blue pills — going to retired service members and their families. The Military Times reports that within the next year it is expected that those who are eligible for Medicare or lower cost options will need to have these prescriptions filled that way, and not through Tricare.

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